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Pulse Secure Responds to Growing Demand for Integrated Platforms with New Pulse Access Suite Plus

Access Suite Plus offers simplified, modular Secure Access for hybrid IT with Zero Trust control

SINGAPORE, May 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pulse Secure, the leading provider of software-defined Secure Access solutions, today announced its new suite of secure access solutions for hybrid IT that provides organizations a simplified, modular and integrated approach to modernize access productivity, management and Zero Trust control. Pulse Access Suite Plus helps businesses of all sizes and industries consolidate disparate security access tools to gain seamless, secure access to applications and resources from any location, network and device.

Converging cybersecurity technology stacks
According to Enterprise Strategy Group, 36% of enterprises are actively integrating disparate security analytics and operations tools to form a more cohesive security software architecture. CISOs are seeking scalable, intelligent, and automated solutions that can greatly improve security efficacy, operational efficiency, and business enablement. At the same time, more than half of organizations consider seamless compatibility with their on-premises infrastructure as the most important consideration within their hybrid IT strategy. As such, architectures and integrated platforms will continue to supersede best-of-breed point tools in 2020 to align with the changing security needs of hybrid IT, mobile workers, and IoT device growth.*

“Many organizations have begun to adopt a platform-based approach to cybersecurity by consolidating multiple point tools in order to increase efficiency, agility and effectiveness. Especially considering today’s environment, the ability to easily leverage existing investments to facilitate this strategy has become even more important,” said John Grady, network security analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “Pulse Access Suite’s modularity, integration and capabilities offers organizations a compelling value proposition for hybrid IT security.”

“Pulse Secure allowed us to standardize on a more integrated platform that would optimize our resources and investments, and better aligned our secure access vision,” said Hiren Patel at Plymouth Rock Assurance. “With Pulse Suite, it was extremely easy to roll out new SaaS application access and broaden our BYOD support. Beyond ensuring our remote user’s productivity, it saved our IT staff considerable time. Overall, we’ve been able to better respond to business needs with broader access oversight.”

Pulse Access Suite Plus
Pulse Access Suite is a secure access solution set that provides adaptive identity and device authentication, protected connectivity, extensive visibility and analytics, and threat response across mobile, network and multi-cloud environments. By consolidating disparate security access tools into an integrated platform, enterprises gain easy access for users and a single-pane-of-glass to streamline provisioning, management and scalability. Organizations can centrally orchestrate Zero Trust policy to ensure compliant access to applications, resources and services across distributed network, private cloud and public cloud environments.

“Now more than ever, companies must enable Secure Access solutions that enable them to digitally transform their organizations while providing their users simple, secure, and consistent access to their applications and infrastructure regardless of where they are deployed and independent of device and location,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure. “With our new Pulse Access Suite Plus, organizations gain more flexibility and capabilities to empower workforce mobility, and quickly scale secure access functions to optimize resources, support new business requirements, incorporate acquisitions, ensure business continuity and meet data protection requirements.”

The Suite brings together a comprehensive secure access portfolio comprised of:

  • Secure remote and cloud access with Zero Trust policy enforcement
  • Multi-factor authentication (MFA) and single sign-on (SSO)
  • Device compliance and mobile device management (MDM)
  • Endpoint and IoT device profiler, and network access control (NAC)
  • User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) and anomaly detection
  • Application delivery controller (ADC) and Web Application Firewall (WAF)
  • Optimal Gateway Selection (OGS)
  • High availability and business continuity options
  • Pulse One centralized management

The Pulse Access Suite Plus also adds numerous new functions into this integrated offering, including:  advanced User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA), service level and high availability assurance through virtual Application Delivery Controller, and on-demand emergency capacity coverage.

“The Pulse Secure Access Suite, since its launch in 2017, has experienced widespread adoption by our customers representing more than 50% of our new business. The Pulse Access Suite Plus represents an acceleration of this critical initiative to deliver the capabilities and interoperability enterprises and service providers need to remain agile and experience superior productivity, visibility and compliance.” added Sudhakar.

“Our customers always consider usability and functionality when it comes to secure access. The Pulse Access Suite Plus addresses of our customers’ requirements for hybrid IT and packs a lot of value,” said Mr. Orlando Tan, SVP at NERA Telecommunications Ltd. “Pulse Secure has consistently enhanced their technology with a modular and open platform approach. As a strategic partner, we have found them to be highly responsive to our needs and those of our customers.”

Access Suite work with an enterprise’s existing network, cloud and security infrastructure and supports physical, virtual and cloud deployment. The solution supports a broad array of applications; legacy, Cloud and SaaS. With Pulse Access Suite, enterprises realize lower total cost of ownership while attaining procurement, deployment, expansion and support advantages.

Pulse Access Suite Plus comes in essential, advanced and enterprise editions – each edition extends secure access functionality to support hybrid IT access and Zero Trust control. Access Suite are available within annual subscription, licensed by concurrent or named user, with prices starting from $80.00 to $155.00 USD per user per year. Pulse Secure Appliances, sold separately, are available in physical, virtual and cloud configurations. Pulse Access Suite are sold through a global network of authorized partners and managed service providers.

For more information on Pulse Secure Access Suites and its comparable Zero Trust capabilities, visit

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About Pulse Secure

Pulse Secure provides easy, comprehensive software-driven Secure Access solutions for people, devices, things and services that improve visibility, protection and productivity for our customers. Our suites uniquely integrate cloud, mobile, application and network access to enable hybrid IT in a Zero Trust world. Over 24,000 enterprises and service providers across every vertical entrust Pulse Secure to empower their mobile workforce to securely access applications and information in the data center and cloud while ensuring business compliance. Learn more at www.pulsesecure.net

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*Source: ESG Research Reports, The Rise of Cloud-based Security Analytics and Operations Technologies, December 2019 and Hybrid Cloud Trends: Strategies for Optimizing and Managing On-premises and Public Cloud Infrastructure, December 2019.

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Tony Tan
Autonomy for Pulse Secure
+65 6570 9139

Philips receives FDA clearance for the use of its ultrasound portfolio to manage COVID-19-related lung and cardiac complications

May 13, 2020

Philips’ ultrasound portfolio, including Lumify with Reacts handheld tele-ultrasound solution, provides valuable diagnostic insight for front-line care providers  

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market a wide range of its ultrasound solutions for the management of COVID-19-related lung and cardiac complications. Handheld and portable ultrasound solutions in particular have become valuable tools for clinicians treating COVID-19 patients due to their imaging capabilities, portability and ease of disinfection. As a result of this regulatory clearance, which is an industry first, Philips can provide detailed, practical guidance to support clinicians using its systems and software for patients affected by COVID-19. The clearance applies to Philips ultrasound systems including the EPIQ series, Affiniti series, Lumify, CX50 and Sparq diagnostic ultrasound systems, and to off-cart solutions like QLAB Advanced Quantification Software.

Ultrasound has shown value in imaging peripheral lung tissue affected by pneumonia, which  is closely tied to COVID-19 lung complications. As respiratory strain can also lead to cardiac dysfunction, COVID-19 patients are at increased risk for cardiac complications. A cardiac ultrasound exam can help in evaluating the effects that disease progression may have on heart function. By imaging COVID-19 patients at the point of care, such as in the Emergency Department (ED) or Intensive Care Unit (ICU), clinicians can diagnose and monitor patients without the need to move them around the hospital, helping to reduce the risk of virus transmission to other patients or to healthcare professionals.

“Many healthcare providers have told us that our handheld and portable ultrasound solutions are playing a valuable role in their efforts to combat COVID-19,” said Bich Le, Senior Vice President and General Manager Ultrasound at Philips. “With this regulatory clearance we can offer clear guidance to ensure safe and effective use of ultrasound to manage COVID-19-related lung and cardiac complications. At the same time, we are investing significantly to ramp up production globally, including at our ultrasound manufacturing plants in the US.”

With its broad portfolio, leadership in areas including cardiac ultrasound and the unique capabilities of the Lumify with Reacts handheld tele-ultrasound solution, Philips is well positioned to support healthcare providers with ultrasound solutions as they combat the pandemic. The Lumify with Reacts point-of-care ultrasound solution, which works in conjunction with a compatible smartphone or tablet, is the world’s first ultra-portable ultrasound device with advanced telehealth capabilities. The Reacts communications platform enables two-way audio-visual calls with live ultrasound streaming, so both parties can simultaneously view the live ultrasound image and probe positioning, while discussing and interacting at the same time. In the context of COVID-19, this solution can help minimize the risk of virus transmission for the medical team.

The new guidance highlights the specific presets, transducers, quantification tools and other capabilities available on Philips’ ultrasound systems that are relevant in assessing and managing COVID-19-related lung and cardiac complications. For example, the EPIQ CVx premium cardiology ultrasound system includes automated applications for 2D assessment of the heart, as well as robust 3D right ventricle volume and ejection fraction measurements.

The regulatory clearance includes the following Philips ultrasound systems: EPIQ series, Affiniti series, Lumify, CX50, and Sparq diagnostic ultrasound systems and off-cart solutions like QLAB Advanced Quantification Software. More information on how Philips is responding to COVID-19 can be found on the company’s global newscenter.

For further information, please contact:

Mark Groves
Philips Global Press Office
Tel: +31 631 639 916
Email: mark.groves@philips.com
Twitter: mark_groves

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2019 sales of EUR 19.5 billion and employs approximately 81,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.


Visits allowed only on first day of festivals – Ismail Sabri

PUTRAJAYA The National Security Council (NSC) has decided to limit visits in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Pesta Kaamatan and Hari Gawai to only the first day of the festivals in view of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the visits should involve only close family members and up to a maximum of 20 people per day.

“This maximum number of 20 people per day is also subject to the size of the residence to ensure social distancing procedures can be practised. For example, for a 600-square feet flat, having 20 together is too many and difficult for observing social distancing. So, maybe the number needs to be reduced (in this case).

“Do observe the standard operating procedure (SOP) on healthcare practices like wearing of face masks, using hand sanitisers and washing hands with soap during visitations,” he told a daily press conference on the CMCO here today.

Ismail Sabri said the people should adhere to these practices to avoid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases as had happened in other countries.

Ismail Sabri said the people should show discipline to avoid mass gatherings and to take responsibility for their own safety and that of their family although restrictions had been eased to allow them to celebrate together.

“For the sake of our own safety, we should decide who can celebrate with us. This is because senior citizens are a high-risk group and our presence may pose a great danger to them,” he added.

He stressed that the traditional practice of holding open house during festivals is banned under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

The government has extended the CMCO by four weeks to June 9 to further contain the spread of COVID-19.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Businessman who rammed into cop slapped with four charges including drunk driving

KAJANG A businessman believed to have been drunk when he rammed into a roadblock at the Kajang Selatan toll plaza here, causing the death of a policeman on duty early this month, was slapped with four charges at two courts here today.


At the Sessions Court, K.Kalaichelvan, 44, pleaded not guilty to three charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to stop at a roadblock, and driving without a valid licence, which resulted in him being unable to control his car before it rammed into the roadblock and caused the death of Corporal Safwan Mohamad Ismail, 31, manning the roadblock.


The father of two made the plea after the charges were read out to him in through a court interpreter before Judge Mohd Kafli Che Ali.



For driving under the influence of alcohol, the businessman was charged under Section 44(1)(B) of the Road Transport Act 1987, which carries imprisonment of between three to 10 years and fine of between RM8,000 to RM20,000 upon conviction.


For not stopping at the roadblock and, he may be liable to a maximum jail term of one year, or fine of up to RM1,000, or both if convicted under Section 26(2) of the Police Act 1967, while for the offence of driving without a valid licence, he may face fine of between RM300 and RM2,000, or three months’ jail, or both if convicted under Section 26(1) of the same Act.


Kalaichelvan was alleged to have committed all the offences at Kajang-Seremban Highway at 2.10 pm on May 3.



The court allowed him bail of RM20,000 with one surety and set June 18 for remention.


At the Magistrate’s Court, the businessman also pleaded not guilty to another charge of defying the Movement Control Order on the same day and at the same time and place.


For that, he was charged under Regulation 11(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020, which provides for a maximum fine of RM1,000 or six months’ jail, or both, if convicted.


Magistrate Muhammad Noor Firdaus Rosli allowed him bail of RM1,000 with one surety and set Aug 10 for remention.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Court of Appeal rules contempt notice against Lokman Adam is valid

PUTRAJAYA UMNO Supreme Council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam has today failed again to set aside the leave obtained by the Attorney-General (AG) to initiate committal proceedings against him for allegedly intimidating a witness in Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) case.


A three member-panel of Court of Appeal led by Justice Datuk Yaacob Md Sam unanimously dismissed Lokman’s appeal and held that there was no error made by the High Court in allowing the leave application by the AG  to commence the contempt proceedings, which warrant this court’s intervention.


He said the panel of the view that a notice to show cause pertaining to committal proceedings had been given with explanations and particulars as stated in the affidavit.



“It is sufficient notice to the appellant (Lokman). Therefore we dismiss the appeal,” said Justice Yaacob who presided over the appeal with Justices Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah and Datuk Wira Ahmad Nasfy Yasin.


The panel made the ruling after hearing submissions from Lokman’s lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar who appeared for the  AG.


Muhammad Shafee informed the panel that he would file an appeal against today’s decision to the Federal Court.



On Jan 14, 2020, High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah dismissed Lokman’s application to set aside the leave obtained by the AG after the court was satisfied that the fact and the nature of the alleged contempt were sufficiently brought to the attention of the respondent (Lokman).


On Oct 22, last year, Justice Sequerah granted leave for the AG at that time, Tan Sri Tommy Thomas to initiate committal proceedings against Lokman for contempt of court acts perpetrated on two occasions on Sept 25, last year.


Thomas, 68, who was appointed by then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on June 4, 2018, for a two-year term to replace Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, resigned from the post on Feb 29 this year.


Thomas initiated the committal proceeding against Lokman seeking an order for Lokman to be committed to prison or be fined for his action.


According to Thomas, on Sept 25 last year, Lokman had uttered words in a video interview, constituting an express or implied threat against Amhari Efendi, for having given evidence in Najib’s trial at the High Court.


Thomas said that on the same day, Lokman lodged a police report against Amhari Efendi, who was the eighth prosecution witness, in respect of the evidence given by him at the former prime minister’s trial.


The object or purpose of the respondent’s act, said the AG, was to harass and intimidate Amhari Efendi, other witnesses and any potential witnesses who may come forward to give evidence against Najib in the 1MDB trial.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency


COVID-19: Penang Hill Festival postponed


GEORGE TOWN The Penang Hill Festival 2020 (PHF2020) has been postponed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


In a statement today, Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) said the event would be rescheduled subject to compliance with guidelines by the Penang state government and relevant authorities.


The annual festival was scheduled to take place from July 16-19 to celebrate the history, natural and cultural heritage of Penang Hill.



“The postponement is a measure to safeguard participants, exhibitors and supporters of PHF2020 in light of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement said.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Man charged over bitcoin investment fraud


KOTA KINABALU A man pleaded not guilty in the Magistrate’s Court here today to two counts of illegal deposit taking activities related to bitcoin investment amounting to RM425,710.


On the first count, the accused, Mohd Wannor Ramdan Awang, 25, was charged with deceiving a victim at a restaurant here, between July to September last year, to invest RM392,860, without a valid licence, as stipulated under Section 10 of the Financial Services Act 2013.


The accused was charged with committing the offence by deceiving the victim to deposit the sum into his bank account.



He was charged under Section 137 (1) of the Financial Services Act 2013 and punishable under Section 137 (2) of the same law which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years or a fine of up to RM50 million or both if convicted.


Magistrate Jessica Ombou Kakayun allowed a RM12,000 bail in four sureties and set June 11 for mention.


In a separate court, Mohd Wannor also claimed trial to another charge of deceiving another victim at a bank in Damai Plaza in July last year around 4 pm.



He was alleged to have lured the victim to deposit RM32,850 into his bank account for the purpose of investment.


He was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code which provides for a maximum jail term of 10 years and whipping and also liable to a fine, upon conviction.


Magistrate Afiq Agoes set bail at RM8,800 in two sureties and fixed June 18 for mention.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency